HUD and VA to Find Permanent Homes for Homeless Veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding more than $2.7 million to help 230 homeless veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area find a permanent place to call home. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

HUD-VASH works in reducing veteran homelessness because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide (see local funding chart below).

“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “Joining the more than 111,000 formerly homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. It’s a privilege to partner with communities dedicated to ensuring that no veteran has to call the streets their home.”

“They heeded our call to duty during our country’s time of need,” said Acting Regional Administrator Wayne Sauseda. “Now we must fulfill our duty to ensure that every homeless veteran gets home.”

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Recipient

 

City

Partnering VA Medical Facility

# of Vouchers

Amount

San Francisco Housing Authority

San Francisco

San Francisco VA Medical Center/San Francisco Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

63

$   786,996

Contra Costa Housing Authority

Martinez

Northern California Health Care System/Oakland Outpatient Clinic

15

$   195,120

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Belmont

Palo Alto VA Medical Center

10

$   119,520

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Belmont

San Francisco VA Medical Center

10

$   119,520

Housing Authority of the County of Marin

San Rafael

San Francisco VA Medical Center/Santa Rosa Outpatient Clinic

9

$   111,456

Housing Authority of Vallejo

Vallejo

Northern California Health Care System/Fairfield Outpatient Clinic

11

$     95,040

County of Santa Clara Housing Authority

San Jose

Palo Alto VA Medical Center/Menlo Park Division

79

$   986,868

Alameda County Housing Authority

Hayward

Palo Alto VA Medical Center/Fremont Clinic

9

$   102,600

City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority

Santa Rosa

San Francisco VA Medical Center/Santa Rosa Outpatient Clinic

24

$   209,664

Total

 

 

230

$ 2,726,784

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